For many, today is a very important day. Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day in Lent, a season that has been practiced as preparation for Easter for more than two thousand years! The early Christian Church made the season of Lent part of their practices.
There are those who make a decision to prepare spiritually during this season by giving of themselves to something worthy. Others decide to give up something during this period. Have you ever been asked the question, "What are you giving up for Lent?"
I choose to concentrate on adding something that is spiritually enriching to my daily life. These two books will help.
Many people attend special church services on Ash Wednesday. These services often include the imposition of ashes. Sometimes the ashes come from the burning of the palm branches used on Palm Sunday from the previous year. The ashes symbolize repentance and mortality.
Sometimes, the decision is made to fast on Ash Wednesday, a practice that I have tried from time to time in past years.
According to tradition, Lent is the forty days before Easter, not counting Sundays. The reason Sundays are not counted is that we are an "Easter people," with each Sunday representing a "mini-Easter."
For us, Easter is more than chocolate bunnies and new spring clothes. Lent is meant to be a period of time for spiritual preparation of what is to come.
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